INDIANAPOLIS — Alexander Rossi has to wonder what if. What if his power unit of his No. 27 Honda didn’t fail him right before the start of the season opener at the Texas Motor Speedway back on June 6? What if an electrical malfunction on this very Indianapolis Motor Speedway didn’t occur on July 4? What if luck was better following that? What if he wasn’t penalized in the other two Indy races prior to Saturday?
Rossi, may have more of a say in this year’s championship than he does now. Rossi, went from 18th in the standings to ninth in four races. He’s now scored four straight podiums in his No. 27 Honda on the year with being third and second respectively a couple of weekend’s ago in Mid-Ohio to flipping that to second and third respectively this weekend on the IMS road course.
By comparison, Rossi only had one top five in his previous nine starts of the season, so it’s safe to say he’s ending the year to where he can start 2021 and be a championship threat.
For Saturday’s race, Rossi was left with another what might have been after being on the wrong tire strategy at the end.
“Ultimately, another good day,” said Rossi. “It was the best qualifying we’ve had all year, so it’s good to be able so start up front, finally. I think our pace through the first two stints was good. I think me, Will (Power) and Colton (Herta) were kind of in our own league, and it was kind of whoever could make the best last stint happen. We went with blacks (primary tire) because we thought it was a good option. We were the only car that did blacks on the last stint. Ultimately, we tried something different – I’m not mad about it – but it was the wrong tire choice. Did it cost us the win? Maybe not. Did it cost us second? Probably. But, ultimately, four races, four podiums, and we’re pretty happy.”